About the Editor

Dr Guriqbal Singh is currently working as a Senior Agronomist (Pulses) (equivalent to Professor) in the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India. He received his BSc Agri. (Hons) and MSc Agronomy degrees from the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India, where he was a scholarship holder. He received his PhD from the University of Wales, Bangor, UK, on a Commonwealth Scholarship, where he studied the effects of herbicides on biological nitrogen fixation in peas (Pisum sativum).

During 2005-2006 Dr Singh worked with the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) at its Regional Office for Central Asia and the Caucasus, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Here, he worked as the Technical Coordinator for an Asian Development Bank-funded project on 'Improving rural livelihoods through efficient water and soil fertility management in Central Asia'.

He has approximately 20 years' experience in working on various grain legumes at the Punjab Agricultural University. His main areas of research include conservation agriculture, planting method and planting time, weed management, nutrient management, plant population and planting geometry and water management. He has provided very useful recommendations to farmers for raising the productivity of their grain legume crops and reducing the costs of cultivation. He is actively involved in teaching agronomy courses to students, as well as in extension education programmes for farmers.

Dr Singh has published 68 research articles in journals of national and international repute, 47 abstracts in conference proceedings, 70 extension articles, 10 book chapters and three bulletins. He is a senior editor of two books, Recent Advances in Agronomy (2002) and Pulses (2005). He has participated in approximately 20 national and international conferences and workshops. He is a life member of many professional societies, such as the Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development, the Indian Society of Agronomy, the Indian Society of Soybean Research and Development, the Indian Society of Weed Science and the Indian Ecological Society. He is also a Fellow of the Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development.

In 1998 Dr. Singh was awarded the Dr P.S. Deshmukh Young Agronomist Award by the Indian Society of Agronomy for his significant research contributions. In 2009 he was honoured by the Indian Society of Pulses Research and Development (ISPRD) with the ISPRD Recognition Award for Crop Production for his outstanding contributions in pulses agronomy.

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